Michele Meek, Ph.D. is a TEDx speaker, author, and entrepreneur. She is a founding member of the Mastermind Failure Club, which she turned into a book in 2020, and she founded NewEnglandFilm.com and Independent Media Publications. Her entrepreneurial successes have been lauded in Inc. Magazine, National Public Radio, and The Boston Globe. She has published several books including Independent Female Filmmakers (Routledge, 2019) and The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution (2014), as well as articles in outlets from Ms. Online to Salon.com. She is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University.